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City balances budget, temporarily

October 28, 2010
It appears as if some members of the City Council heard loud and clear the pleas from those residents struggling in this economy. For a couple hours Monday night, the city had balanced its budget and planned to not increase its tax rate for 2011. But, that all may have changed at the end of nearly five hours in the council chambers. The final item of the night was a failed vote to remove the city's staff assessor, Grace Lininger, and replace her with a firm, Accurate Appraisals, in order to cut future expenses. Six votes were needed to change the assessor, and the vote was 5-3 in favor of removing Lininger. Alderwomen Mary Jo Fesenmaier and Arleen Krohn and Alderman Bill Mott voted against removing her. Some of those who voted to remove her were adamant that it had nothing to do with her performance. They said it was all about saving the city money.

Flatiron Park will stay as is

October 28, 2010
Residents who contacted their aldermen wanting few or no changes to Flatiron Park received their wish Monday night. After working on a plan to renovate Flatiron Park for more than three years, it appears as if the Lake Geneva Beautification Committee is no longer involved in the process. Aldermen voted on a number of recommendations included in the committee's plan. Aldermen unanimously voted in favor of only two items on the list — a sidewalk along the east side of the park and additional plantings of shrubs and flowers. It also appears as if the dilapidated gazebo will be rebuilt in the same location.

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BREAKING - Blaze near fire station results in minor injuries
October 21, 2010
An early morning fire Wednesday, Oct. 20, across the street from the Lake Geneva Fire Station, resulted in minor injuries as 14 residents no longer have a home.The Fire Department was dispatched at 1:41 a.m. to 741 Marshall Street, the same road the fire station is located on. The volunteer department members responded with a fire engine to the location five minutes later. The city of Lake Geneva has a paid-on-premises program during the daytime on weekdays only, so the firefighters who responded had to travel from their homes to the station and then to the blaze.Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy fire on the second floor enclosed porch that had spread into the living area of the second floor. Fire personnel were able to bring the fire under control within 10 minutes. However, the damage had already been done from heat, smoke and water.
Assessment change could save city money in future years
October 21, 2010
The city of Lake Geneva has found one way to save money in upcoming years.It appears as if officials are close to replacing internal full-time assessor Grace Lininger with an assessment consultant company, Accurate Appraisal. On Oct. 11, the council discussed the Accurate Appraisal bid proposal for all assessment services from 2011 through 2014. The total cost would be $173,000, which include a market revaluation in 2011 and continued assessment maintenance the next three years.
Aldermen suing city for attorney’s fees
Lawsuit stems from 2009 suspensions
October 21, 2010
Four aldermen — two former, two current — have filed a lawsuit in Walworth County Circuit Court against the city of Lake Geneva.Alderwomen Mary Jo Fesenmaier and Arleen Krohn and former aldermen Tom Spellman and Penny Roehrer want the city to pay for more than $90,000 in legal fees incurred during their 2009 suspensions from the council, imposed by former mayor Bill Chesen. The lawsuit was filed on Oct. 11 and the city now has 20 days to respond.
Murder victim spent life giving
October 21, 2010
Lake Geneva’s Sandra Teichow spent much of the last several years helping others — teaching students in places as far away as Bosnia and Belarus, collecting shoes for Guatemalan children and building brick houses in Nicaragua.But last week, Teichow’s desire to make a difference in her hometown of Racine probably led to her death.Teichow, 67, was found dead in a wooded area near the Root River on West Sixth Street in Racine on Oct. 14 at about 4:15 p.m. She had been strangled and suffered blunt force trauma to her head and upper body. There also were signs of defensive injuries to her hands and arms.
BREAKING - Lake Geneva woman found dead in Racine
October 14, 2010
Racine - Police have determined the body of a woman found near her vehicle on 6th and Memorial in Racine is Lake Geneva's Sandra Teichow.Teichow, 67, was found Thursday at about 4 p.m. at a park in that location. A person of interest is in custody as investigators treat the death as a homicide. Teichow was a 30-year resident of Walworth County and lived in Lake Geneva for more than 15 years.In 2007, Teichow and her husband Denny, spent 16 days traveling across all 135 bridges in the United States that go over the Mississippi River. The Regional News wrote a feature story about the couple and their trip.
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